1st Historic Echo Park Home Tour A Sellout

Echo Park scored a major success last month, pulling off its first-ever Historic Echo Park Home Tour, a daylong event that introduced residents and visitors alike to houses built over a 75-year span from one end of the neighborhood to the other. An estimated 350 people turned out for the tour, titled "Restored, Remodeled and Remade," a collection of ten homes that ranged in style from 1880s Victorian all the way to a 1965 mid-century modern duplex. Tour goers arrived in a steady stream throughout the day, asking questions about Echo Park history, historic preservation and of course, about the homes themselves. Even Huell Howser, a well-known television personality and a chronicler of California¹s people, places and events, showed up with a camera to take part in the tour. The event has already aired twice on KCET-TV, L.A.’s public television station, as part of Howser¹s 30-minute program, "Our Neighborhoods." The tour was staged by the Echo Park Historical Society, with much-needed help from volunteers across Echo Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. It was designed to promote efforts to preserve and restore Echo Park¹s architectural past ­ rebuilt wood windows, built-in cabinetry, clapboard siding. Some homes were well-preserved, while others had been dramatically redesigned in ways that honored their location and style. But almost all were modest two-bedroom homes, typical of our neighborhood. The tour captured our neighborhood’s style, from the charming bake sale held on one home¹s porch to the incredible lack of parking on our narrow, winding streets. Tour goers took in stride the sudden shortage of tour programs, with some agreeing to drive to House of Spirits ­ where new brochures were being photocopied ­ to pick them up. Proceeds from the tour will go to the Echo Park Historical Society. Some of the funds will go toward the purchase of a scanner to reproduce family photos, while another portion will be earmarked for the purchase of archival materials. A certain amount, yet to be determined, will be held in reserve for future projects and events. The EPHS extends a thank-you to the dozens who helped put on the tour and to those who purchased brochure ads. See you next year (we hope)!

Echo Park Improvement Association
Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Month in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park


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Keep Echo Park Graffiti Free on the Weekend
For only $10 a month you can help reduce the large amounts of graffiti and tagging that appear over the weekends in Echo Park and Angelino Heights. Neighborhood residents and groups, including the Echo Park Improvement Association and the Echo Park Security Association, have pledged $10 a month to finance the Graffiti-Free Weekend program. The money goes directly to Central City Action Committee, the local nonprofit agency charged with graffiti clean up in our area, to hire a paint-out crew member on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The neighborhood's major streets--including Echo Park Avenue, Glendale Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue-get priority. The weekend graffiti crew starts its work at sunrise to clean up graffiti before it becomes noticeable to most residents. The early shift also helps minimize the potential threat of being encountered by taggers. The crew drives the main streets looking for tagging and also cleans up locations called in by residents. The results have been impressive. During one ninemonth period, the weekend crew painted out nearly 40,000-square-feet of graffiti. That¹s the equivalent of a 10-foot-high wall stretching for nearly three-quarters of a mile. The figure does not include countless lamp posts, traffic signals and guard rails that were also cleaned up on the weekends. Not only does the neighborhood look better, but the potential for youth violence that is connected to graffiti and tagging is also reduced. On the days the weekend graffiti crew is off because of holidays or illness, there is a noticeable increase in tagging and graffiti. If it were not for the Graffiti-Free Weekends program, all that tagging that takes place on Friday and Saturday night would have stayed up for days until it would have been reported and painted out. By being pro active, residents have been able to make a difference by making the neighborhood more attractive and safer. Residents and business owners interested in supporting the program should call EPIA at (323) 8824835. The $10 a month donation is billed quarterly.


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By Judy Raskin

After years of designs, redesigns, meetings and more meetings, it appears that the Glendale Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project will soon be ready to build. With the expected completion of designs for two key parts of the plans, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) hopes to begin construction early in 2004. Traffic Calming Measures Take Shape The Echo Park Community Action Committee reports that the Neighborhood Traffic Management (NTM) component is very close to completion. EPCAC’s Technical Subcommittee met with members of Councilman Eric Garcetti’s staff and LADOT’S NTM team a number of times to monitor their designs and offer our own suggestions. NTM believes they have addressed neighborhood concerns and will display their efforts at a community meeting on Wednesday, December 10, 2003, at the Echo Park Library. This open house will run from 6:00-8:00 p.m. LADOT, Council Districts 1 and 13 and EPCAC representatives will be on hand to co-host the evening. The major, unfinished elements concern speed humps. Residents of streets that have been pre-

qualified for speed humps must mount petition campaigns for their streets to demonstrate that there is a genuine demands for this type of traffic calming on their streets. More details will be available on December 10, but interested residents can contact echoparkcac@earthlink.net for the list of pre-qualified streets. Landscaping Talks Continue The Bureau of Street Services submitted comparative cost estimates of their original design and EPCACsponsored design, which is supported by Councilmember Garcetti and many community residents and neighborhood organizations, including our Neighborhood Council. We expect many elements of the EPCAC design will be incorporated into the final plans, and we are heartened that BoSS contracted with an outside landscape architect in order to get the next version of the plans completed before the end of this year. There will not be enough money to do everything we think should be done now, but it is our intention to seek grants from other sources to continue the beautification efforts that are part of the Corridor Project. For more information, contact us at echoparkcac@earthlink.net

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Happy Howlidays From EPAA! The Echo Park Animal Alliance has much to celebrate this holiday season! We are proud to announce that our little grass-roots animal welfare group recently became a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. This designation will allow us to expand our mission; helping animals in need within the Echo Park community and offering various types of assistance to their human caregivers. We are also thrilled to report that just over the summer alone, our group has rescued and placed 8 orphaned companion animals into new loving, permanent homes. These placements would not have been possible without foster homes. We have an on-going need for these temporary safe havens while a new home is being sought for the animals we sponsor. If you think you might like to try fostering, please contact us for details. The EPAA now also distributes FREE Spay and Neuter vouchers. These vouchers are available to all city residents for the asking, and may be redeemed at participating veterinarian clinics throughout Los Angeles. Spaying and neutering your pets reduces all types of health risks and undesirable behaviors, plus eliminates unwanted pregnancies. Help us reduce the number of stray and unwanted animals in Echo Park by spaying or neutering your dog or cat. To receive a voucher (limit is 3 per household), leave a message for us at: 323-860-DAWG and one of our volunteers will contact you. Last but not least, EPAA’s holiday fundraiser will take place at Peter Shire’s Echo Park Pottery Studio; 1850 Echo Park Avenue, Sunday December 14th, 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Alongside Peter’s fabulous pottery, shoppers will have an opportunity to purchase our signature homemade dog biscuits, one-of-a-kind ceramic tree ornaments and fridge magnets, as well as fancy, patent leather dog collars. In addition to our traditional festive fare, EPAA is sponsoring a Pet Portrait with Santa booth! Come by to have your furry family’s photo taken for a holiday memento or gift! All proceeds from our holiday fundraiser go directly towards the care of needy animals. If you can’t attend the sale on either date, but would like to support our efforts, you may send a check to: Echo Park Animal Alliance P.O. Box 26010, Los Angeles, CA. 90026. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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Santa Claus IS Coming to Town!
Pet Portraits with Santa
a fundraiser for

Echo Park Animal Alliance
Echo Park Pottery
1850 Echo Park Avenue Sun. Nov. 23 & Sun. Dec 14 1 PM - 5 PM

Color photo with card-frame: $10
for information: (323) 860-DAWG

duplicates available - buy 3, get one free!

non-furry family member’s portraits, too!


EPIA Meetings

1st Thursday (usually), 7:00 p.m. January 8, February 5



Williams Hall at Barlow Call EPIA message Hospital, 2000 Stadium phone for additional Way in Elysian Park information Taix French Resaurant Take an active part in EPIA. Join the Steering Committee Echo Park C of C information/message 213-630-3032 Call 213-666-9651 for meeting location Call (213) 413-3196 for info or visit www.GEPENC.org Send submissions to EPIA, Attn: EPIAn Ways Editor

EPIA Steering Committee 2nd Monday, 7:15 p.m. Meetings December 8, January 12 Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park Mtg. Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council Meeting Deadline for February EPIAn ways Newsletter

3rd Friday, 1 p.m. December 8, January 12 1st Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.,
January 7, February 4

Taix French Restauant

4th Tuesday, 7 p.m. Logan Street School December 22, January 27 Auditorium, 1711 W. Logan Street Friday, January 23

Echo Park Holiday Parade Echo Park Animal Alliance Holiday Fundraiser EPYEC - Toy Giveaway and Light Tour Echo Park Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 14, 1:00 Sunday, December 14, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 5:00 to 8:00pm Sunday, January 4, 2004 8:00fs am

Sunset Blvd. Peter Shire’s Echo Park Pottery Studio 15 Echo Park Ave. Cathedral Center of St. Info or to volunteer Paul, 840 Echo Park contact us at 323 Ave 662-2081 Echo Park Lake Boat To sign up phone House. Judy Raskin (323) Participation fee $5 663-6767.

Upcoming EPIA Town Hall Meetings
December – Holiday Party ● January – Trees and Birds ● February -- Vendor District in Echo Park


Abandoned Vehicles Cars Parked in Yards Fire Hazards Hazardous Waste Disposal Information Overflowing Dumpsters Parkway Maintenance Storm Drains Trash and Bulky Item Pick Up L. A. Fire Department Brush Clearance Central City Action Committee Free Paint 1st District) Free Paint 13th District) Graffiti Hotline/Operation Clean Sweep Department Building & Safety Department of Health Department of Transportation Department of Water & Power Parking Enforcement Loose/Stray Animals/Barking Dogs LA County Department of Consumer Legal Aid Client Referral Operation Bright Lights Potholes Street Lighting Repairs Professional Helicopter Pilots Association 1st District Ed Reyes 13th District Eric Garcetti Congressman Xavier Becerra State Senator Gil Cedillo Assemblyperson Jackie Goldberg LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina

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Mayor’s Office Community Representative, 213-847-3626


Internet para Principiantes! En Espanol. Las Clases empiezan en Enero, dos Sabados por mes, a las 4 de la tarde; llame para confirmar las fechas. Las clases son para principiantes solamente y cubren lo basico. Call 213/250-7808 for hours. Echo Park Branch. Computer Comfort Thurday 1/22, Tuesday 2/3, Thursday 2/19. Learn to use the Library’s electronic catalog to search for materials, renew items, and place your own holds. Learn the basics of surfing the internet. Introduction to various databases and search engines. Bring your library card. Adults only. Familiarity with the keyboard and mouse is recommended but not mandatory. Call 213/250-7808. Echo Park Branch, 4pm.

Library Computer Classes

Fun for Kids
Daily Grandparents and Books For days and time call 213/250-7808. Echo Park Branch. 1/13 Tuesday Storytime with Jeni! Hear new stories told by children’s librarian, Jeni Zambrano! Call 213/250-7808. Echo Park Branch, 3:30pm. 2/10 Tuesday Valentines Stories and Crafts with Jeni Celebrate Valentines’ Day with awesome stories and crafts. 3:30pm.

Library Hours Mondays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Tuesdays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursdays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fridays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturdays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sundays CLOSED Library Address 1410 W. Temple Street Los Angeles CA 90026 Phone 213.250.7808 FAX 213.250.3744 World Wide Web Address http://www.lapl.org 24 Hour Renewal: 888-577-LAPL

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Central City Action
The end of the year is nearing. The holidays are approaching. It seems like a looong time since we last let everyone know what is happening at CCAC. Here goes!! Approximately the same time that last issue went to print, several CACC members went on a camping trip to end all camping trips. To be exact, Sam Z., David B., Maria B., Ivan C., Adan D., Edwin D., Jackie Gaona and Sandra N. The center was asked to volunteer time on Santa Cruz Island. Now talk about primitive, the island is way up the coast off Ventura harbor. The crew was to help the park rangers trim olive trees (which had not been touched in 100 years) and in turn get a free trip along with food to the island for the weekend. They had to pack everything they would need for a week, including food, water, lights and entertainment. There was no electricity except for a small historic building. The only building, which was 100 years old, had enough solar power for a refrigerator (at least we did not have to take ice) and a toilet with a shower (this was a new addition to the campground). The building including pots, pans and containers for food (the island had a lot of mice and rodents). Before going we made sure the kids knew there was no nightlife, no hair dryers, no cell phones and no washing of clothes as they would not dry and no wandering off alone as there were wild pigs on the island. Any entertainment could be done by the silvery moon and battery lights. When they went shopping for their trip, Maryanne and Gloria made sure they had double on all batteries, and extras. We did not know that when the group got to Ventura it was another hour and a half ride on a boat to the island. Then it was a 10 mile hike to Smugglers Cove, the campground. Unexpectedly,

by Gloria
the rangers picked them up at the boat dock and transported the crew and their belongings. The ride along the trail to the campground was bumpy but

provided both scenery and excitement? After coming back and being in the wilderness and experiencing nature at its best, the crew wants to go back again. We are already planning a trip and if they put a Motel 6, Maryanne and Gloria will go. At the time of this publishing, Maryanne has just got back from a 3-week tour of Thailand with good friends, Neil and Shampoo. She was also ready for our annual Thanksgiving dinner with our kids and close friends. It was a huge success with enough food for three days. Fellowship and eating are a big part of Coca’s theme. Now the holidays are approaching and everyday will ring surprises. We have our annual trip to Magic Mountain on the 13th, Councilman Ed Reyes’s Christmas party, the Dodger party, and our party. Fun will be the theme for December. We want to thank all who have supported us this past year and a wish good health and success to all in the up-coming year. Wow, 2004 already! Why is seemed like it was just 1995. How time flies. Happy Holydays to everyone and their families.




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Backpack Brigade – We provide a safe and nurturing place where kids can work on their homework, munch on a tasty, nutritious snack and have some fun under the supervision of trained staff. Walking pick-ups are done for Logan Street School, Plasencia School and Our Lady of Loretto School. In order to maintain a ratio of 1 trained adult to 10 children, space is limited. (Monday through Friday. Fee: $5.00 per week. Participants also receive $5.00 off other parksponsored activities.)

Las Chicas Sports Club – Calling all girls. This is a league of your own where you can get together with other girls interested in sports and socializing. Bring your friends and ideas for a good time. You’ll learn about sports; participate in some games; and go on sports field trips. (Ages: 6 – 18. Wednesday. 4:00 –

6:00 PM.

Leader: Irene Cazares. Fee: FREE.)

Basketball – Whether you are a Lakers fan or a Clippers fan, you will find your team in our league. Join us for a sporty good time. Registration starts Saturday, Violin – Whether you are a Perlman or a Benny, you will November 22, 2003. (Ages: 5 – 16. Dates and times for make beautiful music under the guidance of our master practice and games are by team assignment. musician. These are private and semi-private weekly, Leader: David Estrada. Fee: FREE.) half-hour lessons assigned by appointment. (Ages: 6 – 18. Class and time are by appointment. Teacher: Camp Sunchasers (Mistletoe Session) – The crowds at the mall. Wrapping gifts. Last minute shopping cooking Heather Lockie. Fee: FREE.) extra fancy foods. AND THE KIDS ARE OUT OF Tutoring – Echo Park is the place to be when you need SCHOOL! Don’t panic. Bring them to Camp Sunchasers a little help from your friends. Bring your books, pa(“Where kids just wanna’ have fun.) And we guarantee per, pencils and problems and we will give you the a very happy camper at the end of the day. Camp Sunneeded boost in your schoolwork. Sign up for a private chasers (Echo Park) is accredited by the American or semi-private half-hour lesson. (Ages: 6 – 18. Class Camping Association. Mandatory Parent Meeting: Satand time are by appointment. Teacher: Jose Luis Ramiurday, December 20, 2003 @ 10:00 AM. (Ages: 6 – 18.

rez. Fee: FREE.)

Go Girl Go Team – With your Go Girl Go girlfriends you will learn about healthy lifestyles and leadership. You can do it! (Ages: 6 – 18. Tuesday. 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Leader: Irene Cazares. Fee: FREE.)

December 22, 2003 – January 2, 2004. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fee: $60.00. Extended supervision is available between 7:00 – 9:00 AM and 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Fee: $10.00 plus fee. Price of trip is not included. Director: Sara Ortega.

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Home Restoration The Preservation section of www.HistoricEchoPark.org will soon have a "Work-in-Progress" feature that explains how resiThe web site of the Echo Park Historical Society has developed some new features to those interested in research- dents approached their restoration projects and includes their ing neighborhood history or restoring their home or commercial recommendations about local contractors and restoration specialists. building. Message Boards Street-by-Street History Both the Preservation and the History sections also include meswww.HistoricEchoPark.org’s History & Landmarks section now features more in depth history about the neighborhood and sage boards where you can post questions on Echo Park history its significant features. Residents curious about the background or inquire about preservation methods and sources for materials. of their own street, block or house should view "Memory Lane," If you have any questions about ,the site please send an ean ever growing list of historical facts arranged on a street-bymail to ephs@HistoricEchoPark.org or call (323) 860-8874. street basis.


We will be celebrating our 10th annual Toy Giveaway and Light Tour on December 16, 2003 at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, starting at 5PM sharp until 8:00 - 8:30 PM. We could use help decorating. We are still in need of cash donations to offset some costs of this event. We have a shortage of desserts, so if you can find the time to bake a little something it would help. We expect to have a turnout of approximately 250 community youth members and their families (not including SANTA CLAUS). Thanks to Fr. Medina who came and answered our prayers, Mitch O’Farrell and Sallie Martinez from Councilman Eric Garrcetti’s office, L.A.F.D-Sertoma Club and to our faithful volunteers, Sara Galvan, William Mavropoulos, Bessy Hernandez, Lucy Rodman, Senora Bonilla and family, Casper and Letty Torres and Mike Leum at Pioneer Market for all the support and encouragement. If you can help, please contact us at 323 662-2081. Hope to see you all there. Luiza Padilla-Mavropoulos President Echo Park Youth Empowerment Council THERE IS NOTHING SO SPECIAL AS A SMILING FACE OF A CHILD.

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NEWS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM ECHO PARK & ANGELINO BIG CHANGES ARE SWEEPING our neighborhood’s hopping commercial district. The newest arrival is American Apparel, a t-shirt and pants shop on Sunset that offers sweatshop-free clothing. The company is the creation of Echo Park resident Dov Charney, who has gone on CNN to promote his employeefriendly approach to the garment business. A few doors away is Malucala, a new boutique offering more flamboyant outré. And around the corner, Davin Gumm and Marta Novials sold their twoyear-old coffeehouse, the Downbeat, to another Echo Park couple, David Berryman and Carina Acevedo. Word among the caffeine infused is that Davin and Marta are heading back to Barcelona. Another business that changed hands is the Brite Spot, a fixture on Sunset Boulevard for decades. Father George Venetos, the restaurant’s previous owner, passed away earlier this fall and left the business to his sons, according to diner insiders. One of those sons decided to team up with a friend, Julio of Silver Lake’s Eat Well, and continue carrying on the family business. The new operators have already made a few changes, adding chalkboard menus to the interior and bringing new dishes on line, including the very tasty chilaquiles. But the diner’s core menu, and style, remains the same. SWEETS FOR THE SWEET: Another piece of dining gossip, Brite Spot received some high praise the dessert-oriented web site, Daily Candy LA. The site singled out Brite Spot’s pastry chef, Debra King, for her cookies, cheesecake and chocolate cake with mocha mousse and chocolate ganache. The story prompted a brief run on Brite Spot sweets! *** Some of Echo Park’s more controversial projects appear to have gone the way of the dodo. A proposed motel at the southeast corner of Sunset and Alvarado -- just south of the car wash -- was rejected by a city zoning administrator. And Councilman Ed Reyes canned plans for reversible lanes through Elysian Park, a project that drew boos and hisses from several dozen of residents. IN ANGELINO HEIGHTS, activists continue to wage their battle against an Edgeware Road condominium project, winning support from the EchoElysian neighborhood council, which voted to oppose it unanimously.

MEANWHILE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL is divided over the new Silver Lake ­ Echo Park Community Plan -- or at least, a provision of the plan to increase the size of buildings permitted on Sunset and Alvarado. The plan calls for a 3-to-1 FAR, or Floor Area Ratio, doubling the size of buildings allowed on the two boulevards. Critics say the plan will result in buildings as massive as the eight-story Cal-Fed building. Supporters say it is the only way to get "mixed use," or build-

ings with stores on the ground floor and apartments up above. The council deadlocked 8-8 on a proposal to keep the building sizes as-is. But the issue could come up again next month. *** ECHO PARK SAID FAREWELL to some well-loved, and in some cases well-known, residents during the past season. Indie rocker Elliott Smith, a frequent presence at such venues as Spaceland in Silver Lake, died at his home at age 34. A tribute was erected on Sunset Boulevard to Smith, best known for the Oscarnominated song he wrote for the film "Good Will Hunting”. Another talented Echo Park resident, Albert Nozaki, died in mid-November at the age of 91. A resident of Echo Park¹s Elysian Heights section, Nozaki was an art director best known for the set for the 1953 film "War of the Worlds" and "The Ten Commandments." Finally, Echo Park saw the passing of Primo Lopez, a longtime resident whose warmth and kindness is remembered by many in this neighborhood. All three will be greatly missed.
Opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Echo Park Improvement Association

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